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Tunisia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Tunisia - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Tunisia has one of the most sophisticated telecommunications and broadband infrastructures in North Africa. Penetration rates for mobile and internet services are s among the highest in the region. Stimulated by the Digital Tunisia 2020 program, a number of regulatory measures and infrastructure projects have been instituted aimed at improving internet connectivity to underserved areas. These in initiatives will also see the auction of spectrum in the 800MHz band for IoT and mobile services. For its part the incumbent telco Tunisie Telecom has invested in its LTE network as well as vectoring VDSL and fibre infrastructure. The company is also in the process of migrating internet traffic to its new Broadband Network Gateway (BNG) platform.

The events of the Arab Spring' revolution in 2011 drove the country into a brief recession, but GDP growth soon returned to pre-crisis levels. This encouraged growing confidence in economic recovery, though GDP growth has been modest. Political difficulties in recent years have also had an impact on the telecom sector.

Ooredoo and Orange Tunisie are also licensed as fixed-line operators and have launched DSL and Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) services. In addition, a dozen public and private ISPs compete in this sector, supported by a nationwide fibre optic backbone network and international access via submarine and terrestrial fibre.

A reform of the country's Telecommunications Act was initiated in 2013 and government internet censorship was officially abolished. In addition, laws supporting e-commerce and digital signatures have been passed, which has led to one of the most active e-government and e-commerce sectors in Africa.

Key developments:

Tunisie Telecom signs three-year partnership with Vodafone Group, contracts Huawei to develop an LTE network;
5G licences expected to be issued in 2021;
Mobile money interoperability becomes available across the three mobile networks;
Ooredoo Tunisia launches Tunisias first NB-IoT network;
Watany Telecom licensed as Tunisias second MVNO;
Tunisie Telecom delivers FttC with VDSL vectoring, completes G.fast trials;
Report updates include the regulators market data to January 2019, telcos financial and operating data to Q4 2018, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Tunisie Telecom (Tunicell), Orange Tunisie, Ooredoo (Tunisiana, Orascom, Wataniya, Qatar Telecom/Qtel), Planet Tunisie, 3S GlobalNet, HexaByte, Tunet, Topnet, Divona Telecom, Thuraya, Nokia Networks, Huawei Technologies, ZTE, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson.


  • Executive summary
  • Key statistics
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Tunisia – 2018
  • Country overview
  • Telecommunications market
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Telecom sector revenue in Tunisia – 2016- 2018
      • Table Telecom sector revenue by major operator – 2016- 2018
      • Table Telecom sector revenue by sector – 2016- 2018
  • Regional Africa Market Comparison
    • TMI VS GDP
    • MOBILE AND MOBILE BROADBAND
    • FIXED AND MOBILE BROADBAND
  • Regulatory environment
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACT 2001
      • Amendments – 2008
      • Reform – 2013
      • Developments - 2014
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES
      • INT
      • ONT
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
  • Fixed network operators
    • TUNISIE TELECOM (TT)
      • Privatisation
    • ORANGE TUNISIE
    • OOREDOO TUNISIE (TUNISIANA)
  • Telecommunications infrastructure
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Tunisia – 1995 - 2009
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity in Tunisia – 2010 - 2019
      • Table Fixed line household penetration – 2017 - 2019
      • Table Fixed-line subscribers by operator – 2009 – 2019
      • Table Fixed-line market share by operator – 2009 - 2019
    • VOIP
      • Table VoIP lines in service in Tunisia – 2013 – 2019
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine fibre
        • Table International internet bandwidth in Tunisia – 2006 – 2018
      • Terrestrial
      • Satellite
    • CLOUD SERVICES
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
  • Fixed-line broadband market
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Proportion of fixed-line broadband connections: lower data speed – 2014 - 2019
      • Table Proportion of fixed-line broadband connections: higher data speed – 2014 - 2019
      • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Tunisia – 1999 - 2009
      • Table Internet users and penetration rate in Tunisia – 2010 - 2018
      • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers – 2002 - 2019
      • Table PC household penetration – 1999 - 2017
    • PUBLIC INTERNET ACCESS LOCATIONS
      • Table Public internet kiosks – 2015 - 2019
    • AGENCE TUNISIENNE D'INTERNET (ATI)
    • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND TECHNOLOGIES
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
        • Table DSL subscribers in Tunisia – 2002 - 2019
        • Table ADSL markets share by operator – 2013 - 2019
        • Table DSL subscribers by operator – 2013 - 2019
      • VDSL
      • G.fast
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
        • Table FttP/B subscribers – 2008 - 2019
      • Other fixed broadband services
        • Table Satellite internet subscribers – 2015 - 2019
  • Digital Economy
    • E-COMMERCE
    • E-LEARNING
    • E-GOVERNMENT
  • Mobile market
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Tunisia – 1995 - 2009
      • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate in Tunisia – 2010 - 2019
      • Table Mobile prepaid and contract subscribers – 2014 - 2019
      • Table Mobile market share of subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2019
    • MOBILE DATA
      • SMS, MMS
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers (3G/LTE with key) – 2010 - 2019
      • Table Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers by operator – 2013 - 2019
      • Table Mobile broadband market share by operator (3G/LTE) – 2013 - 2019
      • Table Standard 3G/LTE mobile internet subscribers and penetration – 2013 - 2019
      • Table 3G/LTE mobile internet subscribers by operator – 2014 - 2019
      • Table Mobile data traffic by device type (TB) – 2015 - 2019
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Network sharing
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Annual mobile numbers ported – 2016 - 2019
      • LTE spectrum
      • 800MHz spectrum auction
      • OTT applications
      • Roaming
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
      • 3G
      • GSM-R
      • Other infrastructure developments
    • IOT AND M2M NETWORKS
      • Table M2M connections – 2015 - 2019
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Tunicell (Tunisie Telecom)
        • Table Tunisie Telecom mobile subscribers – 2010 - 2019
      • Ooredoo (Tunisiana)
        • Table Ooredoo Tunisia blended monthly ARPU (QR) – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Ooredoo Tunisia revenue and EBITDA – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Ooredoo Tunisia mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2018
      • Orange Tunisie
        • Table Orange Tunisie mobile subscribers – 2010 - 2019
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
        • Table Lycamobile Tunisie mobile subscribers – 2015 - 2019
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • M-money
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